Beanery Online Literary Magazine

December 23, 2009

Do You Hear What I Hear?

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

An Irritating Christmas Carol

Melanie Stefanic

 

     Every year when I hear a certain Christmas song I cringe at one phrase. 

     “Here it comes,” I think when I hear the carol Do You Hear What I Hear:

               Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king
               Do you know what I know
               In your palace wall mighty king
               Do you know what I know
               A child, a child
               Shivers in the cold
               Let us bring him silver and gold
               Let us bring him silver and gold

     The irritating phrase, repeated twice, is “Let us bring him silver and gold.”

     Of what immediate use is silver and gold to the child? Is it going to alleviate the His lack of warmth?  Can it be used as a covering?  Can a fire be built using silver and gold? 

     I think not! 

     I discussed this issue with a group of friends who decided a more appropriate wording would be ‘Let us bring him a blanket that’s old, making a line that rhymes with cold, and provides a gift that lessens the child’s suffering.  Yet that somehow didn’t quite make the point that the wise men brought riches to the Christ child.   

     “They could use the silver and gold to buy a blanket,” one clever friend quipped. 

     “Right,” I said “and they would get a really good deal on those after Christmas sales.”  

 ~~~

ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

The Christmas Stocking Legacy

How to Count the Gifts Given in the Twelve Days of Christmas

Dear SANTA from COCHRAN

(SANTA) SUED FOR NON-SUPPORT

SANTA IS DEAD!

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1 Comment »

  1. My comment is; I think you have a verse misquoted – it’s “in your palace WARM mighty king” not wall! I hardly noticed the “silver and gold” due to this. And I’m not sure, but at that time of the year in the Middle East it may have been cool, not necessarily cold – often song lyrics don’t acurately convey true circumstances.

    Comment by Kathleen — December 29, 2009 @ 6:22 pm | Reply


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